Eckley Scholars Pursue Research Across Disciplines
Oct. 16, 2020
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Not even a global pandemic could deter the innovative and self-motivated
Illinois Wesleyan University Eckley Scholars from completing their independent, undergraduate research projects during the summer
Funded through the generosity of past-President and Mrs. Robert S. Eckley, five Illinois
Wesleyan students every year receive a $4,000 grant to pursue a research question
of their choosing; faculty advisors receive an honorarium of $500. Although faculty
members are available to mentor and advise, the project itself is in the students’
hands from start to finish. Students come away from the experience with deepened research
and creative competencies, as well as other skills that will prepare them for future
study and careers after Illinois Wesleyan.
The program is open to all majors and disciplines, and this year’s topics spanned
the gamut of possibilities, from chemically analyzing antioxidants in tea and spices
to designing sets and costumes for theatrical productions.
Follow the links below to read profiles of each 2020 Robert S. and Nell B. Eckley
Scholars and Artists Program research project: